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One of life’s definitive perks of growing older is taking advantage of discounts that can save you money.
Saving a couple of quid here and there can really start to add up and besides, who doesn’t love a good bargain?
We’ve done a round up of some of the best discounts, freebies and concessions on offer in the UK to those who have reached their 60th milestone.
There are different rules regarding free local bus travel depending on where you live in the UK.
If you live in London and are aged over 60 you can apply for a 60+ London Oyster Photocard.
You will need to provide proof of your London address and pay £10 each year for your photocard. This card will then entitle you to free travel by bus, Tube, tram, DLR and London Overground in London.
England (over 66)
If you live in England you can apply for an older person’s bus pass entitling you to free bus travel, once you reach State Pension Age (currently 66).
Welsh residents are able to take advantage of free travel on buses in Wales once they reach 60 by applying for a bus pass from Transport for Wales.
Scots can apply for a National Entitlement Card once they reach 60 years. This card allows for free local and long distance bus travel in Scotland.
If you are living in Northern Ireland you can apply for a 60+ Smartpass or Senior Smartpass (if aged over 65) which allows for free bus and train travel in NI and is also eligible for use on Glider services.
ATS Euromaster sell tyres and car parts as well as providing mechanical services and MOTs.
They have an exclusive, free-to-join over 60s membership called Club60 which provides members with discounts including cheaper MOTs, wheel alignments, air con recharging and up to 15% off tyres.
Once you reach the age of 60 you are entitled to free eye tests on the NHS, UK wide.
As well as this – Specsavers give all over 60s 20% off the cost of a pair of glasses if you’re buying a single pair from their £69 range or above.
If you’re in London, the National Theatre offers discounts to over 60s on selected tickets at midweek matinee performances. There’s usually the ability to book a maximum of 2 tickets using this discount.
A cursory glance at the website suggests a ticket that would normally cost £66 for a midweek matinee show will only cost £46 by applying the over 60s discount.
Now this one is pretty close to our heart given our recent adventure exhibiting a garden at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show.
Those aged over 60 can save £560 on the cost of an individual life membership and £690 on the cost a joint life membership to the Royal Horticultural Society.
This membership allows you unlimited access to book to visit any of the five beautiful RHS gardens at no further cost, as well as to take advantage of expert gardening advice online or over the phone.
You can also opt in to receive regular emails with handy tips and expert guidance plus receive monthly copies of The Garden magazine direct to your door.
You also have exclusive access to attend Members’ Days at the RHS shows including the prestigious RHS Chelsea Flower Show or to purchase discounted tickets for public days.
As well as this, you will receive an exclusive membership pack including a handbook, pin badge and gardening journal.
Boots run a loyalty point scheme called the Boots Advantage Card. It entitles card holders to receive 4 points for every £1 spent. Each point is worth 1p – meaning you essentially get 4p back for every £1 you spend in Boots.
If you are over 60 you can join the Over 60s Reward Club with your Boots Advantage Card. This entitles you to receive double points (8 points per £1) on any purchase of a Boots brand product, including products from select brands owned by Boots including Liz Earle, No7, Botanics, Soltan and Soap & Glory.
The Senior Railcard is available for purchase for anyone over the age of 60 and entitles the bearer to up to 1/3 off the cost of rail travel. It costs £30 for a one year membership or £70 for three years.
The Senior Railcard website suggests that the card typically pays for itself within three journeys.
As well as discounted rail travel, the bearer of a Senior Railcard also receives access to special offers and rewards from railcard partners including discounted theatre tickets and restaurant discounts.
You will have to wait until you are over 65 to take advantage of discounted tickets for performances of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Over 65s receive discounts on tickets for Monday and Tuesday evening performances as well as for midweek matinees. Selected shows only and the discount does not apply to premium seats. This discount is also not available for groups of more than eight people.
These memberships allow you to take in the breathtaking historic sites of the UK, including its many heritage castles and forts.
Heritage sites such as those managed by these organisations provide a wonderful day out for young children and families of all ages, often with reduced or free entry tickets for children when accompanied by a member.
Many of these organisations also offer reduced prices in other parts of the UK.
For example a Cadw Wales membership also includes 50% off entry to English Heritage and Historic Scotland sites, which changes to FREE entry to these sites upon renewal, essentially meaning you can have three UK heritage memberships for the price of one.
Something to definitely keep in mind if you are travelling within the UK.
The final one on our list is the Senior Coachcard offered to those aged over 60 by National Express coach company.
At a cost of just £12.50 (plus £2.50 p&p) for a 12 month validity, a Senior Coachcard allows you to save 1/3 on Standard and Fully Flexible fares to hundreds of towns, cities and airports across the UK with no restrictions on peak and off-peak travel times.
As well as this, the Senior Coachcard allows £15 day returns or one-way fares on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays to anywhere in the UK (excluding airports) providing you book three days in advance of your travel.
National Express will also give Senior Coachcard holders a free return journey to use in the future if ever your coach is delayed for over an hour. Just claim your free return journey within 30 days of your delayed journey and then use within three month of it being issued.
There are certainly some great discounts to take advantage of when you reach the 60 year milestone.
Please let us know of any more that we may have missed.